Posted: Tue 29th Mar 2016

Triple Award Success For Caerphilly Projects /
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Mar 29th, 2016

A project aimed at getting more young people fit and active across the Caerphilly county borough has been shortlisted for three national awards ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

National Charity ‘StreetGames’ launched their exciting ‘Us Girls’ programme in the Caerphilly county borough back in 2015. ‘Us Girls’ aims to help get girls fit and active through a range of projects. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The innovative programme is now in the running for three accolades at the StreetGames Awards 2016. The awards help recognise the work done to engage young people who live in areas where participation rates in sport and activity are low. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The award ceremony will take place in Coventry on 13th April and the team are looking forward to the big event. Projects from all over Britain were nominated and ‘StreetGames/US girls’ has been shortlisted for the following: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Us Girls Project of the Year – For the work done in Lewis Girls School, Heolddu Comprehensive and Rhymney Comprehensive – With community hubs also set up in St Gwladys Cchurch, Ystrad Mynach, Abertysswg and Upper Rhymney.
Young Volunteer of the Year – Lucy Thomas for completing a full time volunteer placement on the programme and subsequently getting a teaching assistant role in Rhymney Comprehensive as a result.
Fundraising for the Future Award – Caerphilly Communities First for securing grant funding and sponsorship gained through Santander and Nandos. In total they attracted over £25,000 additional funding for StreetGames in Caerphilly in 2015. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Ken James said, Caerphilly’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration said, “I would like to congratulate everyone involved for this wonderful achievement. These projects are having a positive impact in our communities and it’s great to see that personal successes have been recognised in the shortlist as well. Well done to everyone.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

‘StreetGames/US girls’ is funded by Sport Wales and Welsh Government as a shared outcomes project and managed by Caerphilly Communities First. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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